Kruger2Canyon Challenge Race Information


All entries include a R200 per runner per day conservation fee to the Kruger2Canyons Biosphere.

A Trail experience in the lowveld

3 Distances To Choose From

All routes are fully marked and do not require a GPS or self-navigation. Aid Stations are positioned along the route. Distances between aid stations vary from 7km to 14km.

70km Stage Race (42k m + 28km)

The Ultra is a notoriously tough course, mainly because day 1 takes place in steep mountainous terrain with approx 2300m of elevation gain. Stage 1 quickly earned itself the reputation of one of South Africa's toughest stages on a multiday event.
Stage 2 is much easier (350m elevation gain), but not to be totally underestimated on tired legs!

44km Stage Race (26km + 18km)

The Marathon distance was added in 2017. Stage 1 is a tough 25km, it also climbs up the escarpment, but does not go down into the Blyde River Canyon which means it has considerably less elevation gain. Day 2 runs through the scenic town of Kampersrus, into Moholoholo Mountain View Reserve.

30km Stage Race (16km + 14km)

In 2023 we introduced the 30km for the first time. Day 1 is still all about the mountain and participants will have the same opening climb as the other two courses, but the loop on top is smaller, but still seriously spectacular. Day 2 also enters the reserve, but a smaller loop means that the day is 14km. Its the perfect challenge for those unsure of their abilities on a stage race, or just looking for something shorter. The longer courses have proven a real challenge, so the this shorter option is bound to draw new runners who want to be part of the vibe but felt the challenge was a bit beyond their capabiltites.

Compulsory Gear 

Depending on the weather forecast items from the Cmpulsory Gear List may be removed by the organisers at Race Briefing.

  1. 2.0L Hydration Capacity (Pack)
  2. Some basic nutrition
  3. Space Blanket
  4. Charged Phone
  5. Rain Jacket
  6. Base Layer (Long Sleeve)
  7. Headlamp for Day 1 start
Laerskool Mariepskop, venue for the Kruger2Canyon Challenge

The Venue

The race is hosted at Laerskool Mariepskop in the small mountainside town of Kampersrus, Limpopo, South Africa. All stages Start and Finish on the school sports fields. Dorm accommodation is available at the school hostel and camping is set up on the sorts fields.

Packages & Meals

Enjoy the local Lowveld produce. Vegetarian meal options available.

Onsite Accommodation Packages

Includes race entry, meals plus:
Tented Accommodation OR
Dorm Accommodation

The meal package includes 6 meals over the weekend (valued at R800).

Spectator Packages

This is a family friendly weekend, with so many activities for all ages!

Adult Spectator Package includes: - Onsite or Offsite options (onsite = Dorm Accommodation or Self-camping),
- Meals (6 meals over the weekend),
- Race Pack (includes Versus Socks), and
- Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre Tour.
Children's (u12) Spectator Package includes:
- Onsite or Offsite options (onsite = Dorm Accommodation or Self-camping),
- Meals (6 meals over the weekend),
- Race Pack (includes Versus Socks),
- KidZone Access all weekend, and
- Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre Tour.

Self Catering Accommodation Packages (offsite)

Includes race entry, plus:
Amafu Accommodation (per person sharing) OR
Moholoholo Mountain View Accommodation (per person sharing)

*This doest NOT INCLUDE MEALS (per person sharing)
**The meal package can be bought separately (includes 6 meals over the weekend, R800).Single meal tickets will also be on offer and will be charged at R140 per meal. These can be added under Extra Services at the entry portal.

Stage Race Entry Only

You can book a runner's package and arrange your own food and accommodation. Self-camping at the venue is an option at R210 pppn and dormitory bookings available at R275 pppn.

Single Day Entries

You can enter for just one of the two days. Entry does NOT INCLUDE race garment or medal.



Travel Times from Nearby Cities

Johannesburg/Pretoria – 450km with an ETA of 5 hr 15 min.
Hoedspruit – 30km with an ETA of 30 min.
Nelspruit – 155km with an ETA of 2 hr 21 min.

For a Google Map link, click HERE.

From Nelspruit Side

Travel on the R40 towards Hoedspruit. Shortly after the Orpen Gate turn off keep left on the R531.

After 15.2km turn left into Mare St and follow for 3.3km to Laerskool Mariepskop

From Lydenburg/Ohrigstad:

Travel on the R36 towards Hoedspruit. After going through the tunnel and descending into the Lowveld take the R527 (still towards Hoespruit). Then turn right onto the R531, a few kms after crossing the Blyde River.

Follow the R531 FOR 14.2km past the entrance road to Kampersrus, and turn left into Mare St and follow for 3.3km to Laerskool Mariepskop

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